Updated on 09/17/2011 2:28PM

Kela takes Texas Mile

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Kela, David Nuesch up, wins the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Kela won the biggest race of his career Saturday when he drew off to a five and a quarter length win over Supah Blitz in the Grade 3, $300,000 at Lone Star Park. It was another length and a half back in third to Yessirgeneralsir.

Snorter, who was the favorite, finished fourth.

Kela ($12.80) raced closer to the pace than usual, stalking Yessirgeneralsir in second, as that one set fractions of 23.32 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.28 seconds for the half-mile mark, and 1:10.15 six furlongs. Kela overtook Yessirgeneralsir in the stretch, and went on to cover the distance over a sloppy track in 1:35.64.

"He finished up super," said David Nuesch, who rode Kela for trainer Mike Mitchell.

Mitchell purchased Kela on behalf of owner Jay Manoogian last fall. The horse was making his third start for his new barn, and after trailing the field early in his last race was much closer to the pace in the Texas Mile.

That was the plan by his connections, but Kela was even closer than expected after Pie N Burger, a front-runner, was forced to check along the rail in a jam up going into the first turn. Pie N Burger ended up trailing the field, while Yessirgeneralsir was up by two lengths by the opening quarter, stalked by Kela.

Kela earned $175,000 for the win, which was his sixth from 19 starts. His earnings now stand at $487,527. Mitchell said plans are to bring Kela back to his Southern California base, then return to Lone Star next month for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 31.

Kela's other stakes win came in the Tokyo City Handicap. Along with Kela, the Texas Mile was also the biggest career win for Nuesch.

Cryptograph wins Grand Prairie

Cryptograph rallied from well back for a length and a half win over Mr. Devious in the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, which was taken off the grass and run over a sloppy main track. It was another neck back in third to Rollicking Caller.

Cryptograph($4.80) raced about 10 lengths behind pacesetter Charming Socialite. The eventual winner had two horses beat at the quarter pole, but rallied through the stretch and covered the one-mile for 3-year-olds in 1:38.62. It was a strong effort from Cryptograph, who raced much farther back than usual in the Grand Prairie.

"I was worried," said Josephine Abercrombie, who bred and owns Cryptograph in the name of her Pin Oak Stud. "I thought, uh-oh, we're not going to do it today, and then all of the sudden here he comes."

Don Pettinger rode Cryptograh for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. The win was the colt's first in a stakes and his fourth overall from six starts. His earnings now stand at $100,300.

Cryptograph will be pointed for the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes on May 31. The race is sponsored by Abercrombie, who is a native Texan.